Sep 28, 2007 1:31pm
Re: 'If you ever feel sorrow.....' 'Midnight Moonlight'... Jerry style on YouTube
shameless hijack/plug - per rowan (tonight in petaluma)
featuring Barry Sless and Doug Harman
Lorin Rowan's Rattlebox performs Friday September 28 at the First Church of Christ Scientist in Petaluma. For this group, songwriter and guitarist Lorin Rowan joins up with pedal steel master Barry Sless and highly respected cellist Doug Harman. The trio plays a combination of Lorin's original material mixed with a few covers.
Born and raised in Wayland, Massachusetts, Lorin and his brother Chris came west in the late 1960s at the recommendation of David Grisman, who had worked with their older brother Peter. Lorin has explored bluegrass, reggae and rock, but his unabashed enthusiasm for playing guitar and singing (especially harmonies with his brothers) started with Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and The Crickets, The Everly Brothers, The Kingston Trio and The Beatles. He's a highly respected songwriter whose song Soldier of the Cross is the title cut of Ricky Skaggs Grammy Award-winning Gospel/Bluegrass CD.
Barry Sless brings the distinctive twang of the pedal steel guitar to Rattlebox's sound. He's a veteran musician who has most recently toured with Phil Lesh & Friends and The David Nelson Band. Sless first heard the sound of a steel guitar while listening to Crosby, Stills & Nash's Teach Your Children. In 1973 he took up playing pedal steel, honing his skill while performing around the Chesapeake Bay area in various country-rock bands. He's also been a member of Kingfish (1987-1999), and Rounder recording artists Cowboy Jazz (1979-1991). Sless credits Rusty Young from Poco and Al Perkins from the Flying Burrito Brothers as early influences.
Doug Harman brings a classical flavor to the group with cello and keyboards, but he has a wide range of experience including work with a variety of folk and instrumental artists including folk chanteuse Suzanne Buirgy, electronic music diva Suzanne Ciani, and New Age vocalist Kate Price. Harman is adaptable to any musical style and brings a richness of tone to Rattlebox.
Each member of the group is a master musician, capable of playing concise folk/pop classics one moment but able to draw on extensive improvisational skills to dive into the realm of the acoustic jamband when the time is right.